Queers for Fears podcast hosts Abbie and Ellie are two best friends since toddlerhood who talk about all things creepy, spooky, and the horrors of life. We spoke with Ellie and Abbie about their true crime origins, and what inspired them to start their podcast.
MMN: What inspired you to start your podcast?
Ellie: Abby was picking me up from a test one day, listening to Sinisterhood, and the hosts’ humor and rapport reminded us a lot of each other. Having been friends since we were two and being pretty funny people (in our humble opinion), we’ve often joked that we should have our own show. So when Abby said something along the lines of, “we could totally have a podcast like this!” as she dropped me off, I didn’t think much of it, but the next time we talked, she was all, “for our podcast, I was thinking…” and “this would be a great podcast episode!” This was in March, and it didn’t take long for our list of episode ideas to grow to fill every week left of 2020.
MMN: What got you interested in true crime? Was there a murder in your hometown? A story that has always haunted you?
Abby: Probably my mom. We used to watch mystery shows together like Columbo and Murder, She Wrote, and I always found it interesting how the main character put together pieces of a puzzle to solve a case.
Ellie: I’m fascinated by the way stories move and change and what they say about the people telling and hearing them. I’m especially a fan of stories that blur the lines between true crime and urban legend. The X-Files is an all-time favorite of mine; my parents loved it when it first came out, and we would watch reruns together (once they decided it wasn’t too scary for me!).
MMN: What’s a murder, disappearance, or crime story that keeps you up at night?
Ellie: We’re both eternally creeped out by the Dyatlov Pass incident. Nine people on a skiing expedition apparently slashed their way out of their own tent and ran for the woods, most of them wearing very little clothing. The first five bodies found had no injuries and pretty clearly died of hypothermia. The last four were found later, deeper in the woods, under 4m of snow, and three of them had severe damage to their chests or skulls. They were probably fleeing a potential avalanche in the night and got lost, but some of the details – burned hands, missing faces, car crash-level injuries, indications of tree climbing – are just so unsettling.
MMN: What true crime podcasts are you listening to right now? If podcasts aren’t your thing, we would also love to hear about a spooky book you’re reading or your favorite murder-related tv show!
Ellie: The Magnus Archives (not true crime, but voted Most Likely to Make Us Both Scream on a Roadtrip)
Check out our YouTube Interview with Abby and Ellie.
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We’re available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts – find us on your platform at anchor.fm/queersforfears. If you need more LGBTQ creators in your life, or if you’re just kinda spooky, we have something for everyone, from true crime, to horror movies, to myths and magic. We’re also on Patreon, Facebook, and Instagram @queersforfearspodcast, or Twitter @queersfearspod.